Helping Others, Changing Lives
Helping Others, Changing Lives, is the signature of our program and is undergirded by our commitment to multicultural affirmation, social justice, and cura personalis (care for the whole person). The signature corresponds to what we believe are the most important characteristics of those who aspire to be professional counselors.
Degree Program and Specializations
The Master of Arts in Counseling (60 credits) is designed to prepare aspiring counselors for K-12 public, private, and parochial schools; community mental health settings; and/or college and university settings. As part of the Master of Arts degree in Counseling, students may select from these counseling specializations:
- Community Mental Health Counseling (LPCC eligible), 60 units
- School Counseling with PPS Credential (LPCC eligible), 60 units
The Master of Arts in School Counseling with PPS Credential (48 units) is designed to prepare aspiring school counselors to maximize their professional mobility in K-12 public, private, and parochial schools. These candidates do not intend to pursue LPCC licensure.
The Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling (37 units) is designed for candidates who desire to work in higher education settings (e.g., academic advisor, residence life director, etc.). Typically, candidates in this program do not see their primary professional role as one that involves mental health counseling, nor do they intend to pursue LPCC licensure or a PPS credential.